Entrepreneurship in a global context

by Maggie Tang

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Michael Luger, dean Manchester Business School
the University of Manchester
Photo: Johnny Kwok

Many educators consider fostering entrepreneurial culture contributes to the overall economic development of society. Manchester Business School (MBS), the business and management school of the University of Manchester in the UK, is renowned for providing business education that incorporates both pragmatism and internationalism. It has a presence in different parts of the world, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the Middle East and the Caribbean, providing a globalised learning environment for its students. This year, the school is celebrating its 15th anniversary in Asia. "Capitalising on our strength in research, we will continue to bring cutting-edge knowledge in business management to Asian students," notes Michael Luger, dean of MBS.

According to Professor Luger, MBS aims to become a major business school around the globe. "We have included China elements in our curriculums and taken steps to enter the China market in view of the strong demand for quality MBA programmes there in addition to forming partnerships with selected Chinese universities in the area of academic exchange," he says. As far as ranking is concerned, the school's MBA is ranked 22nd worldwide by the 2007 Financial Times survey.

Recently, MBS began offering a brand new two-year part-time Manchester Global MBA programme designed to complement the busy lifestyle of professionals. Participants do not have to attend fixed weekly classes as core courses covering business theory essentials, project work and elective courses are taught in modules using a combination of self-study, online learning, collaborative and face-to-face workshops. The latter are particularly well received by students as they provide invaluable networking opportunities.

According to Professor Luger, all MBS's MBA programmes adopt the "Manchester method". "It is a client-based learning approach replicating real world business challenges, aiming to ensure students can solve whatever problems they face in the real business environment," he explains.

A truly global experience is delivered by MBS's MBA programmes. Students come from different corners of the world create a multi-cultural learning environment. Professor Luger remarks, "When doing business around the world, sensitivity to local culture is vital because it can smooth the deal making process, which is why we include so much internationalism in our programmes."

Entrepreneurial skill is identified as one of the learning outcomes of MBS's MBA programmes, which is essential for promoting business competitiveness. Professor Luger says, "Entrepreneurship is about transforming ideas into economic opportunities. It is a core skill, whether you run your own business or work as an employee. Our programmes aim to help participants think outside the box and develop the ability to spot opportunities."

Leadership training is another focus of the school's MBA programmes. "Students are 'people in transition', who will become tomorrow's business elite. At MBS, we define leaders as people possessing patience, persistence and optimism. They must be consistently aware of changes in government policies, industry development and technological advances," Professor Luger notes.

Taken from Career Times 26 October 2007
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